Jersey Central Power & Light, New Jersey’s second-largest utility company, has been given tentative permission to raise customers’ bills to pay the costs it incurred to restore power following the storms in 2011 and 2012.
Air conditioners have been working overtime this week to keep homes cool during the Tri-State Area’s latest blistering heat wave, but all that power is putting major stress on the grid.
The request filed Friday with the Board of Public Utilities includes a 1.5 percent increase requested in November.
Board of Public Utilities President Bob Hanna said the utilities needed better methods of telling customers when their power will be restored.
Power customers across the Tri-State Area were thoroughly displeased after getting huge bills for estimated usage this month despite losing power, and then being asked to read their own meters to correct the situation.
At a hearing before the state Senate Budget Committee Monday, local emergency management officials and mayors testified about their storm recovery needs to ensure they are up and running for high season.
The utility said as of 11 p.m. Sunday, all but 24 customers affected by Superstorm Sandy had had their power restored.
Tuesday was day eight for many living without power. Those lucky enough to have generators used them sparingly while others were boiling water to try and stay warm.
A total of about 1.5 million power customers in the Tri-State area remained without power Sunday night, as relief and recovery efforts from Superstorm Sandy continued.
For those in New Jersey who have been living without electricity since superstorm Sandy arrived, things are slowly getting better.
More than 4 million customers served by Con Edison, LIPA, PSEG, JCP&L, Connecticut Light and Power, Orange & Rockland, and NYSEG were without power as of late Tuesday night.
s Superstorm Sandy raged, nearly 2.7 million customers in the New York City metro area were without power Monday night – a number nearly equivalent to the entire population of the city of Chicago.
Thousands of utility customers in New Jersey were without power Saturday night as severe thunderstorms moved through the region.
In the year since Irene, JCP&L has been working to improve communication with customers.
Jersey Central Power & Light is hoping to serve you better by embracing the 21st Century.